General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Maria Josep Rico Hernandez
Jordi Ventura Medina 
I looked at Pardas Peraferrer 
Susana Trallero Rodríguez 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish

L'assignatura serà impartida en català i castellà indistintament. Some contents of the subject will be in English such as: audiovisual content, support material and scientific articles.

The student must be able to use this material to achieve the objectives of the subject.



Basic skills
  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study


  • B3_That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that incorporate a reflection on relevant social, scientific and ethical issues


Specific skills
  • E5_Assess the functional state of the patient, considering the physical, psychological and social aspects


  • E6_Assess the diagnosis of physiotherapy care according to standards and with internationally recognized validation instruments


  • E7_Design the physiotherapy intervention plan according to the criteria of adequacy, validity and efficiency


  • E8_Execute, direct and coordinate the physiotherapy intervention plan, using its own therapeutic tools and taking into account the individuality of the user


  • E9_Assess the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set


  • E10_Prepare the discharge report for physiotherapy care once the proposed objectives have been met


  • E13_Ability to work in professional teams as a basic unit in which professionals and other staff of healthcare organizations are structured in a unified or multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way


  • E15_Participate in the development of physiotherapy care protocols based on scientific evidence, encouraging professional activities that stimulate research in physiotherapy


  • E16_Ability to carry out physiotherapeutic interventions based on comprehensive health care that involves multiprofessional cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care


Transversal competences
  • T1_Acquire the ability to communicate in a foreign language and work in an international context


  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan


  • T3_The student must be able to develop skills in interpersonal relationships and be able to work within an intra and interdisciplinary team



This course offers the possibility for the student to obtain basic knowledge about the development of the healthy child and the different conditions that we can treat as health professionals. The future professional of Physiotherapy needs to have this knowledge to better understand the complexity of the care relationship and to be able to use strategies and skills that allow him to carry out effective and human interventions.

The main objective of the subject is to help the student to acquire the basic knowledge of childhood, so that he is able to recognize the functions and structures, level of activity and participation. As well as achieving a greater understanding of the variants in the development of the child as a whole.

This subject aims to introduce the gender perspective in its content and development


There are no prerequisites for taking this subject.

Learning outcomes

RA28. Identify the main treatments used in physiotherapy interventions in paediatrics. Classify them according to their effect and importance and establish order of priorities in their therapeutic application.

RA29. Analyze the effects produced by the interventions. Assess benefits and risks and establish an intervention criterion based on priorities and desired effects.

RA30. Analyze the patient's expectations for the clinical specialty of pediatrics with regard to their evolution, demands and needs. RA22. Establish the intervention protocol based on the joint negotiation between therapist and patient.

RA31. Assess the patient's physical and mental status. Determine the level of severity, deficits, limitations in activity and restrictions in participation, both at an individual and social level.

RA32. Apply technologies for the evolution of the patient. Incorporate new measurement instruments that facilitate the objectification of interventions. Participate in the validation of assessment tools for their incorporation into clinical practice.

RA33. Carry out the specific physiotherapeutic diagnosis for the pediatric clinical specialty with the aim of determining the dysfunctions, limitations and restrictions that will require a specific physiotherapy intervention.

RA52. Interact with other health and physical activity professionals to establish an intervention plan based on the specific clinical diagnoses of each of the professions.

RA34. Learn the basics of physiotherapy in the pediatric clinical specialty. Specific evaluation of musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory dysfunctions in childhood. Main intervention techniques. Classification according to its physical principles and effects on the body.

RA35. Apply advanced manual and instrumental techniques for the treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory dysfunctions in childhood. Evaluation of results and adverse effects.

RA36. Identify the main respiratory, cardiac and neurological pathologies. Contribution of physiotherapy in the treatment and improvement of medical or surgical interventions.

RA27. Interact with medical professionals to gain therapeutic effectiveness. Establish joint goals.

Working methodology


AF1. Theoretical classes




AF6. Study and group work




AF3. Practical classes




AF5. Tutorials




AF7. Study and autonomous, individual work








Theoretical block


  1. Adaptations to the child's functional development.
  2. Stages of growth and functional development.
  3. Essential elements of the physiotherapeutic intervention.
  4. Physical therapeutic principles, application, benefits and adverse effects.
  5. Duration and frequency of specific physiotherapy interventions.
  6. Manual and instrumental interventions.
  7. Application based on the psychomotor development and autonomy of the child.

Practical block

  1. Fundamentals of the specific physiotherapeutic exploration of the child in different stages of development.
  2. General and specific evaluation of physiotherapy.
  3. Interpretation of results, evolution of the disease and control of adverse effects.
  4. Physiotherapeutic diagnosis.
  5. Knowledge of the main pathologies of children and young people.
  6. Interaction between physiotherapy, medicine and family.

Learning activities

MD1 Expository method or master lesson: transmit knowledge and activate the student's cognitive processes through one-way learning

MD2 Case study: acquire learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases

MD3 Solving exercises and problems: exercise, rehearse and put into practice the previous knowledge

MD5 Project-oriented learning: carrying out a project to solve a problem, applying acquired skills and knowledge

MD6 Cooperative learning: Foster active and meaningful knowledge cooperatively

Evaluation system

The system for assessing the acquisition of skills will be as follows:

Evaluation activity Weighting Assessed skills
SE4 Self-assessment 10% B4
SE2 Oral presentation. 20% E5, T3, E8, E6, E9, E7, T2
SE3 Exam 30% B2, E16
SE1 Portfolio 40% B4, T1, T2, E7,E13,E16, E5, T3, E8, E6,E9

The student must pass all assessment activities with a 5 in order to make an average and obtain the final grade.

The practical classes are mandatory attendance (at least 80%), it is a requirement to pass the subject. If this 80% is not met, the subject will be suspended for the following year.

Failure to attend or submit assignments within the established deadline may be graded at 0 and will not be recoverable. The proposed assessment activities are mandatory.



Within the same course, there is the possibility to recover only the portfolio. According to current regulations, you can only opt for recovery if the subject has been suspended.

If the grade is Not Presented, you will not be eligible for Recovery.

If the student does not attend 80% of the practical classes, you do not have the right to recover the portfolio.




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